It's inevitable. Even if you subscribe to the "do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life" school of thought, there will still be days when you hit a wall, whether it's from frustration, burnout or towering logistical hurdles.
Members of Soirée's 2023 class of Women to Watch clearly have a consensus on what to do in these instances: Don't just push through. Below, they share their advice on how to handle those rough days.
The first thing I do to course-correct when I hit a wall:
"I like to take a step back and review as many perspectives as possible, learn from the experience and look for points of collaboration to adjust and move forward."
"Ask for help. This is an underrated skill."
"I pause and direct my attention to a fun craft project to allow myself time to clear my head and refocus."
"Back up and consider the most basic aspects of the problem I am trying to solve."
- Kim Koch
"Take a break, step away and regroup. Go back to my why."
"Being outdoors in the fresh air brings me peace. Stepping away from the noise and distractions for a walk helps me clear my mind and center myself."
"Stay optimistic, but approach decisions realistically to find ways to break through the walls you hit."
"Take a pause, find a snack, play with Oakley (my Australian shepherd who gets to work with me), move, breathe and/or do something creative to clear my mind."
"Time is the best perspective. I cannot count the times I’ve told myself this. I will step back for hours or days or weeks and gain that perspective and come back even better."